Room Sweep! Try This 20-Minute Entryway Decluttering Strategy

Room Sweep! Try This 20-Minute Entryway Decluttering Strategy

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Taryn Williford
Sep 8, 2017
(Image credit: Liz Calka)

The hardest part about decluttering has to be the "getting started." Without a real nudge to dive in and actually do it, you might never feel the urge to, say, tidy up a few over-stuffed baskets or cluttered drawers. So that's exactly what we're going to do today.

The thing is, today's "room sweep" micro-mission is a timed exercise. All you have to do is focus your energy on one area—today, the entryway—and deal with it for just 20 minutes.


It's not too late to join!


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Today's Assignment:

Set a timer for 20 minutes and head into your entryway area—whatever room or spot in your home that acts as a reception area when you come home each day. You may also want to grab a laundry basket or something similar.

While the 20 minutes are counting down, sort through the entryway. Your mission is to do a fast (but thorough) pass through the zones of that space, collecting anything that doesn't belong—because it's trash, or belongs somewhere else, or maybe because it's ready for another home—into your basket.

Where to Look:

  • console table tops, shelves and drawers
  • inside cubbies or baskets
  • the coat closet

What to look for:

  • backpacks, handbags and purses
  • shoes
  • coats, jackets and scarves
  • commuter gear
  • umbrellas
  • old mail
  • magazines
  • extra keys
  • things waiting to be taken away

Once you're finished in the entryway, you can take your basket of stuff and put it away or sort it into the "sell," "donate" and "wanderers" boxes you set up on day one.

If you have a big mail problem (my hand is firmly, yet sheepishly, raised), we'll get to that on Monday. Week one of September Sweep is in the books!

And don't forget...

Yesterday, we each picked a big, hairy, audacious space to declutter, one thing at a time, all month long. So today, and every day after:

Remove one one thing from your monster zone.


Join the September Sweep:


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